Before today’s game in Charleston, we sat down with BlueClaws RHP Colin Kleven, who threw six shutout innings last night, though he did not factor in the decision. Kleven is a native of Kamloops, British Columbia in Canada and grew up a Mariners and Randy Johnson fan, though he was drafted by the Phillies in the 33rd round back in 2009.
Last night, he pitched against the RiverDogs, and he’s a former RiverDog, sort of: “Growing up we had the name the RiverDogs, and my coach got ahold of someone here and got permission for us to use their logo as ours, so when I was 10-12 years old, that was the logo for our team.”
How did baseball get so big in western Canada? “We’re right on the border down in Vancouver,” he said. “That’s what I did my senior year, moving down the coast to play ball and get noticed. They do a lot of things down there for everyone like games against junior colleges or playing against GCL teams.”
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Meanwhile, here are today’s game notes.
A few quick ones: Bob Stumpo has four multi-hit games in his four games with the BlueClaws…Lakewood is trying to snap a six-game road losing streak and they’re 2-9 away from home this year…Ervis Manzanillo takes the hill for the BlueClaws tonight with a first pitch at 7:05.